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S-550 ReaderS‑50 / S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30 Disk Image Reader - v1.1(d) - This utility reads S‑50, S‑550, S‑330 and W‑30 Disk Image Files (*.OUT, *.IMG, *.S50, *.S33, *.W30) from a computer hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, etc... and will display sample information. It will display Patch Name Lists, Tone Name Lists, Unused Sample Space, Sample Frequency Rates, Disk Label, Audio Output Jack Assignments, and System Version info. This can be useful for identifying specific sound sets to help organize your sampler library and also for maximizing unused sample space on existing disks. The cool thing is that you don't need to install any software. It's all done using Firefox, Safari, Chrome or whichever web browser you like to use. It's a new approach. This way, any computer can run the utility. Works with every browser except Internet Explorer (not really an issue for most people. In fact... I'll call it a feature!). Another cool thing is that you can simply save the HTML file as a webpage and run it locally. That way you don't need to be connected to the Internet to use it. If you prefer to use this utility offline, easy instructions are in the Release Notes


               S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD S‑550 Disk Image Reader - v1.1(d)


Operating System: Any Computer With A Web Browser




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Miscellaneous 20‑Disk Sample Collection #1 (S‑50 / S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30)

This is a collection of unusual S‑50, S‑550, S‑330 and W‑30 samples from my library. I am sharing these with anyone who wants them. Some will think these are completely worthless while others will think they are magical. Most are sound effects, spoken word or sounds of nature plus a few music‑worthy samples. I created some of these from scratch and others are some I have sampled from movies, TV broadcasts, LP's and CD‑ROM's. Others are 25+ years old and I have forgotten the original source so... apologies to the original creators. All samples are saved in the *.OUT format and may be easily loaded into your S‑50, S‑550, S‑330 or W‑30 sampler by using the OMNIFLOP or SDISK utilities to create a 3.5" Roland sound library disk. You can also use these disk image files with a USB Floppy Disk Drive Emulator. You will still need to use official Roland Startup Disks to boot your sampler because these are only Sound Disks

    1. LSD - "Blue Boy" 1967 Episode From "Dragnet"       11. Loony Pond - Nature Sounds
    2. Dive! Dive! Dive! Buzzer + Freakquenzy             12. Reverse Yamaha TX81Z
    3. "Mission Impossible" - TV Series Sound FX          13. Reverse Roland JX-10
    4. Mellotron - The Reason I Bought An S-50 In 1987    14. Halloween Sound FX
    5. Ministry - "The Mind Is A Terrible Thing"          15. Ronald Raygun Speech
    6. 'Psych-Out!' 1968 Movie + "Twilight Zone" Episode  16. Cosmos And Space Ensemble
    7. Expander TX81Z And Strings                         17. Bizarre Stuff
    8. Covered Wagon, Bell Voices And PPG                 18. RX8 Drums
    9. Banshees And Ominous Stuff                         19. TX81Z Patches
   10. Technical Difficulties - NBC's Don Pardo           20. Tangerine Dream

               S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD Download 20‑Disk Collection In One *.ZIP File (S‑50 Format)

               S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD Download 20‑Disk Collection In One *.ZIP File (S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30 Format)




Miscellaneous 68‑Disk Sample Collection #2 (S‑50 / S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30)

This is a 68‑disk collection from various sources on the Internet. Most are W‑30 disks converted over to the S‑50, S‑550 and S‑330 formats. If you don't own an MKS‑70, JX‑10 or a Jupiter‑6, some of these samples are sure to please. Mellotrons, Fairlights and plenty of drum kits from the 80's fill up the rest of the list. You will still need to use official Roland Startup Disks to boot your sampler because these are only Sound Disks

    MKS-70_1      JDRUMS_1      M1BOTTLE      R8_DRY_3      CHOIR         TX-802_1
MKS-70_2 JDRUMS_2 CASIORZ1 R8_DRY_4 KBHS_01 TX-802_2
MKS-70_3 JSNARES1 JX10_02 R8_DRY_5 KBHS_02 TX-802_3
HR16B_KI JSNARES2 D50_01 R8_KITS_ FUNKROCKSET TX-802_4
HR16BDR1 JSNARES3 MT32_PER R8_SNARE UNI_DRM1 TX-802_5
HR16BDR2 JUPTR6_1 MT32PAT1 ROLND626 W30_1 TX-802_6
HR16DRY1 JUPTR6_2 MT32PAT2 S10FAVRT EPIANO CLASCOMP
HR16DRY2 LLORAR MT32PAT3 SYNFCTRY VARIOUS1 ROLAND01
HR16KIT1 M1_DRUMS R8_DRY_1 NARUHODO MTRONSTR OB_01
HR16SNR1 M1BAS_CH R8_DRY_2 SAXW30 MTRONFLU STRUMPET
HR16B_FX DRMLOOP1 VOICES VARIOUS2 ORGANS ORGANS2 USBDEMO1 USBDEMO2
               S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD Download 68‑Disk Collection In One *.ZIP File (S‑50 Format)

               S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD Download 68‑Disk Collection In One *.ZIP File (S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30 Format)
                  



Bonus: S-7xx Samples

S-760_PANEL
A very generous online visitor sent me some samples which definitely need to be shared with other S‑750 / S‑760 / S‑770 owners. This is a fantastic set of S-7xx samples created by David Marshall who was a Roland UK Product Specialist back in the 1990's

The description states, "... a selection of samples from various sources all superbly looped. Of particular note are rarely sampled synths like the Mini 700s now in full poly glory... The Emu Emulator II selection, particularly the choirs are again wonderful in full stereo..."

A big collection here with samples from the TB‑303, Mini Korg 700s, JD‑800, Moog Bass, Emulator II, D‑50, Juno‑106, Hohner D6, MC‑4, U‑20, Choirs, Acoustics, Strings... plenty of new stuff to completely trash your already planned weekend!

To use these after unzipping the download, add an *.IMG or *.OUT extender, depending what media you are using (i.e. GOTEK, OmniFlop, etc...). There are three loner files: An MP3 demo, a PDF description and an extra S-7xx sample disk which contains sampled synth sounds from the Roland U‑20. You will still need to use official Roland Startup Disks to boot your sampler because these are only Sound Disks


                  S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD Roland UK Sample Collection (50 Disks In S‑7xx Format)




16th Century Early Instruments Collection
EARLY_INSTRUMENTS


Another donation from a generous online visitor. This is a unique collection of Early 16th Century Instruments created by David Munrow, a major authority on early music. Munrow has one of the largest collections of authentic and reproduction early instruments in the world. A total of fifteen S‑50 sample disks are here which include these instruments and more:

Bowed Psaltery, Alto Crumhorn, Bombarde Bagpipe, Crumhorn, Sackbut, Psaltery Organ, Cornet, Fiddle, Cornettino, Lute, Recorder, Harp, Chamber Organ, Cornetto Curtal, Wood Pipes, Gemshorn, Regal Organ, Renaissance Flute, Shawm Regal and Various Bells. You will still need to use official Roland Startup Disks to boot your sampler because these are only Sound Disks


                  S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD 16th Century Early Instruments Collection (15 Disks In S‑50 Format)




SCSI HD LABEL
Back in the 80's and 90's, Roland offered new sampler owners a great perk. You could drop by any authorized store which sold Roland gear and copy disks from their library of samples for free. My experiences with doing that were mixed. I had three stores I used but they never had all of the samples available. Sometimes they had a good selection of disks but they were damaged after years of use and they could not be copied. Below are the three libraries which Roland distributed to S‑50, S‑550, S‑330 and W‑30 owners for free (RSB‑50x / RSB‑550x / L‑Series). The highly sought after L‑CD1 CD‑ROM contains the entire collection of all three libraries, almost. Unfortunately, there are a few library disks absent from the CD-ROM. Luckily, they're ALL here! If you are fortunate enough to have an external CD‑ROM connected to your S‑550 or W‑30, it really makes things convenient. Loading samples is a breeze when using a CD‑ROM. A matrix of external CD‑ROM's and mechanisms compatible with the S‑550 and W‑30 is here

S-50 RSB 80‑Disk Library (S‑50 / S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30)

RSB_DISKS

These links contain the complete 80‑disk S‑50 RSB sample library in S‑50, S‑550, S‑330 and W‑30 *.OUT disk image formats. You will still need to use official Roland Startup Disks to boot your sampler because these are only Sound Disks

    RSB-501 (Disks 1 - 10)        RSB-505 (Disks 1 - 10)
    RSB-502 (Disks 1 - 10)        RSB-506 (Disks 1 - 10)
    RSB-503 (Disks 1 - 10)        RSB-507 (Disks 1 - 10)
    RSB-504 (Disks 1 - 10)        RSB-508 (Disks 1 - 10)

               S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD Download 80 Disks In One *.ZIP File (S‑50 Format)


               S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD Download 80 Disks In One *.ZIP File (S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30 Format)

                   Be prepared to wait. These are BIG files!




S-550 RSB 60‑Disk Library (S‑50 / S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30)

RSB_DISKS

These links contain the complete 60‑disk S‑550 RSB sample library in S‑50, S‑550, S‑330 and W‑30 *.OUT disk image formats. You will still need to use official Roland Startup Disks to boot your sampler because these are only Sound Disks
    RSB-5501 (Disks 1 - 10)        RSB-5504 (Disks 1 - 10)
    RSB-5502 (Disks 1 - 10)        RSB-5505 (Disks 1 - 10)
    RSB-5503 (Disks 1 - 10)        RSB-5506 (Disks 1 - 10)

               S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD Download 60 Disks In One *.ZIP File (S‑50 Format)


               S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD Download 60 Disks In One *.ZIP File (S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30 Format)

                   Be prepared to wait. These are BIG files!

Same files but included are all the samples converted to *.wav and Akai *.akp formats.This compilation was originally created by D‑Collector and posted at vintagesynth.com but the download links have since died. A special thanks to D‑Collector for all the work he did with these!

               S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD Download S‑550 Disks For AKAI and WAV (*.akp and *.wav Formats)



L‑501 To L‑509 Series (S‑50 / S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30)
RSB_DISKS




This 45‑disk set was released in 1987 and also appears on the original L‑CD1 CD‑ROM. Some of these samples are not in the original S‑50, S‑550, S‑330 or W‑30 RSB Libraries. You will still need to use official Roland Startup Disks to boot your sampler because these are only Sound Disks





    SERIES   DISK #    ROLAND P/N     DESCRIPTION
     L-501     01      X6-S050-01     ELECTRIC PIANO 1
     L-501     02      X6-S050-02     ELECTRIC PIANO 2 & CLAVI 1
     L-501     03      X6-S050-03     HARPSICHORD 1, 2 & PIPE ORGAN 1-3
     L-501     04      X6-S050-04     ELECTRIC ORGAN VOL. 1
     L-501     05      X6-S050-05     SYNTHESIZER VOL. 1
     L-502     06      X6-S050-06     BRASS VOL. 1
     L-502     07      X6-S050-07     SAX VOL. 1
     L-502     08      X6-S050-08     SAX VOL. 2
     L-502     09      X6-S050-09     WOODWIND VOL. 1
     L-502     10      X6-S050-10     WOODWIND VOL. 2
     L-503     11      X6-S050-11     LATIN PERCUSSION VOL. 1
     L-503     12      X6-S050-12     MALLET VOL. 1
     L-503     13      X6-S050-13     ORCHESTRA VOL. 1
     L-503     14      X6-S050-14     EFFECTS VOL. 1
     L-503     15      X6-S050-15     STEREO EFFECTS VOL. 1
     L-504     16      X6-S050-16     ACOUSTIC GUITAR VOL. 1
     L-504     17      X6-S050-17     ELECTRIC GUITAR VOL. 1
     L-504     18      X6-S050-18     ELECTRIC BASS VOL. 1
     L-504     19      X6-S050-19     WOOD BASS 1 & HARP 1, 2
     L-504     20      X6-S050-20     STRINGS VOL. 1
     L-505     21      X6-S050-21     KOTO VOL. 1
     L-505     22      X6-S050-22     SHAMISEN VOL. 1 (HOSOZAO, TSUGARU)
     L-505     23      X6-S050-23     SHAMISEN VOL. 1 (FUTOZOA, CHUZAO)
     L-505     24      X6-S050-24     SHAKUHACHI VOL. 1
     L-505     25      X6-S050-25     YOKOBUE VOL. 1
     L-506     26      X6-S050-26     TAIKO VOL. 1
     L-506     27      X6-S050-27     TAIKO VOL. 2
     L-506     28      X6-S050-28     BIWA VOL. 1
     L-506     29      X6-S050-29     GAGAKU VOL. 1 (BUGAKU)
     L-506     30      X6-S050-30     GAGAKU VOL. 2 (KANGEN)
     L-507     31      X6-S050-31     INDIAN STRINGS VOL. 1
     L-507     32      X6-S050-32     INDIAN STRINGS VOL. 2
     L-507     33      X6-S050-33     INDIAN PERCUSSION VOL. 1
     L-507     34      X6-S050-34     INDIAN PERCUSSION VOL. 2
     L-507     35      X6-S050-35     INDIAN PERCUSSION VOL. 3
     L-508     36      X6-S050-36     WESTERN STRINGS VOL. 1
     L-508     37      X6-S050-37     WESTERN WIND VOL. 1
     L-508     38      X6-S050-38     MIDDLE EASTERN PERCUSSION VOL. 1
     L-508     39      X6-S050-39     INDIAN WIND & THAI GONG VOL. 1
     L-508     40      X6-S050-40     GAMELAN VOL. 1
     L-509     41      X6-S050-41     EASTERN FLAVOUR VOL. 1
     L-509     42      X6-S050-42     ANDEAN WIND VOL. 1
     L-509     43      X6-S050-43     AFRICAN PERCUSSION VOL. 1
     L-509     44      X6-S050-44     LATIN PERCUSSION VOL. 2
     L-509     45      X6-S050-45     LATIN PERCUSSION VOL. 3


                  S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD S‑50 L-Series Disks (S‑50 Format)


                  S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD S‑550 L-Series Disks (S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30 Format)




The Missing L-CD1 CD-ROM Disks

L_DISKS

This set contains 2 oddball disks I've never seen before plus 14 JPL Series disks which appear to be duplicates of disks already found in the S‑550 RSB library. The JPL Series disks are included here for completeness because these files combined with the L‑Series and RSB libraries above are all the files contained on the L‑CD1 CD‑ROM
    SERIES   DISK #    ROLAND P/N     DESCRIPTION
     L551      02      unknown        CELLO (SOLO)
L551 10 unknown CLASSIC PERCUSSIONS JPL-5xx -- unknown 14 DISKS (RSB DUP's)


                  S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD S‑50 Missing Disks From L‑CD1 (S‑50 Format)


                  S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD S‑550 Missing Disks From L‑CD1 (S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30 Format)





*.IMG File Sets For Use With A USB/FDE (S‑50 / S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30)

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These sets contain 100 *.IMG files each and are specifically tailored for use with the S‑50, S‑550, S‑330 and W‑30 USB floppy emulator shown on the DIY page. The files are named 000.IMG through 099.IMG and should be placed on a USB flash drive in a directory named IMG720. Documentation is included in each download file. You will still need to use official Roland Startup Disks to boot your sampler because these are only Sound Disks



                  S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD S‑50 USB Set #1 ‑ RSB‑501 through RSB‑508 + Custom Samples (S‑50 *.IMG Format)


                  S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD S‑50 USB Set #2 ‑ Mostly Files Converted From W‑30 Disks (S‑50 *.IMG Format)


                  S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD S‑50 USB Set #3 ‑ Complete S‑550 RSB Library Converted To S‑50 Format (S‑50 *.IMG Format)


                  S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD S‑550 USB Set #1 ‑ RSB‑5501 through RSB‑5506 + Custom Samples (S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30 Format)


                  S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD S‑550 USB Set #2 ‑ RSB‑501 through RSB‑508 + Custom Samples (S‑550 / S‑330 / W‑30 Format)





QUICKDISK

MKS-100 / S-10 / S-220 Samples

90+ QuickDisk samples for use with the MKS-100, S-10 and S-220. These files are all in the *.SYX format so you will need to somehow figure out a way to send them to your sampler via MIDI cable


               S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD Download 90+ QuickDisks In One *.ZIP File (QuickDisk *.SYX Format)











80MB ZIP Disk And 80MB Hard Drive Cloning/Archive Project

One of the problems with using S‑550 and W‑30 ZIP Disks and 80MB Hard Drives is they are a Roland proprietary format. This means you can't back them up easily. This is a cool way to archive and/or clone Roland proprietary format ZIP disks and 80MB Hard Drives. ZIP Disk #1, ZIP Disk #2 and ZIP Disk #3 are the first in a series of 80MB cloned ZIP Disk and 80MB Hard Drive image files each containing 64 RSB Sound Disks. To use these disk image files to create your own cloned ZIP disk or 80MB hard drive for the S‑550 or W‑30, see the instructions at this webpage

Create Your Own S‑550 or W‑30 80MB ZIP Disks
ZIPPO ZIPPO ZIPPO
Download S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD ZIP_Disk-1.zip

Table Of Contents
64 Sound Disks
S‑550 / W‑30 Format
Download S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD ZIP_Disk-2.zip

Table Of Contents
64 Sound Disks
S‑550 / W‑30 Format
Download S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD ZIP_Disk-3.zip

Table Of Contents
64 Sound Disks
S‑550 / W‑30 Format

Create Your Own S‑550 or W‑30 80MB Hard Drives
ZIPPO ZIPPO ZIPPO
Download S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD 80MB_Disk-1.zip

Table Of Contents
64 Sound Disks
S‑550 / W‑30 Format
Download S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD 80MB_Disk-2.zip

Table Of Contents
64 Sound Disks
S‑550 / W‑30 Format
Download S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD 80MB_Disk-3.zip

Table Of Contents
64 Sound Disks
S‑550 / W‑30 Format



CD-ROM's

Way, way back in the old days... around Windows version 3.1, Gabor Pikacs wrote a cool program which amazingly still works today on a Windows 7 (32-bit) computer. Obviously a programmer who follows the rules! I've been using his program to create CD-ROM's which can be read by the W‑30. The program creates *.iso disk image files of 80MB hard drives. It's very easy to burn your own CD-ROM's by downloading and using these *.iso image files. Also included is the Roland L-CD1 CD-ROM which can be read by any Roland S-Series or W‑30 sampler with an external CD-ROM

Burn Your Own S-550 And W-30 CD-ROM's
ZIPPO ZIPPO ZIPPO
Download S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD Roland L‑CD1 CD

Table Of Contents
165 Sound Disks
S‑550 And W‑30 Format
Download S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD W‑30 CD Collection #1

Table Of Contents
64 Sound Disks
W‑30 Format
Download S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD W‑30 CD Collection #2

Table Of Contents
64 Sound Disks
W‑30 Format


ROLAND L-CD1

Plenty of stuff to print.
Listings of all the RSB, L‑Series and L‑CD1 libraries here

Large Sample Library And Resource

By far, the largest resource for free S‑50 and S‑550 samples, software and info is at S‑Group, the homepage for the Roland Sampler Users' Group (Note: There are a few disks missing from the libraries because some of the *.ZIP files do not work)

         S-50 / S-550 LINK SGroup.ca


SysEx Reader
SysEx File Verification Utility v1.1(b) - This free utility reads SysEx files from 100+ synths and samplers. It will display The Op Code, identify the synth or sampler make and model and suggest a MIDI channel to use when loading. It's a handy utility to verify unknown SysEx files and/or enable "broken" SysEx files to load using the correct MIDI channel


               S-50 / S-550 DOWNLOAD SysEx File Verification Utility v1.1(b)


Operating System: Any Computer With A Web Browser


COPYRIGHT AND PUBLIC DOMAIN NOTICE
"The Roland Sound Bank was a file library of Sounds for the S‑50, S‑550, S‑550 and W‑30 Digital Samplers that was available to our customers through our dealers. Over the years it became difficult for Roland Corporation U.S. to distribute the Sound Bank library in this manner due to our dealers no longer having the actual instruments in stock to make copies of the library in the stores. In order to still have the Sound Bank library available to our customers, Roland Corp U.S. is setting up several sites on online services around the country. The files that are online are image files of the actual Sound Bank disks. In order to convert these image files into readable sampler disks you will need an IBM or Macintosh computer and the appropiate program for that platform. Jim Norman - Roland Product Specialist - Roland Corporation U.S." -- SOURCE: sgroup.ca


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